[ilds] The Lost Art of Lying

durrell at bigpond.com durrell at bigpond.com
Sat Mar 8 22:07:43 PST 2008

Hi David....the art of sophistry is perhaps more palatable david rather than referring to the lost art of "lying" - a word now over saturated with negativity...alas another word lost,  torpedoed by moral perjorativity.....DrD    ps. looking forward to seeing you at nsw art gallery after easter!
---- Denise Tart & David Green <dtart at bigpond.net.au> wrote: 
> Sometime back we were discussing how 'true' some of Durrell's book were.
> Both Baudelaire and Wilde were influences on LD. Here is Wilde, paraphased
> The Ancient Historians used to give us delightful fiction in the form of fact, but the modern novelist is presenting us with dull facts under the guise of fiction. Promising young writers with a natural gift for exaggeration are developing a morbid and unhealthy habit of truth - telling and are ending up writing novels that are so lifelike that no one could possibly believe in them.. I make a plea for a return to the art of telling beautiful and untrue things, that noble and lost art of lying.
> For me, the strange, magical, timeless quality of much of Durrell's work stems from some application of this approach
> David
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